Tesla has unveiled a new battery that will extend the range of its Model S P100D to 315 miles on the EPA cycle, “making it the first to go beyond 300 miles and the longest range production electric vehicle by far.” Further, the bigger battery makes the Model S the world’s third fastest accelerating production car ever with a 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds following two limited production sports cars. The larger battery pack will also be available on the Model X with a range of 289 miles and a 0-60 of 2.9 seconds. Tesla customers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous, but not taken delivery, can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000.
It should be noted that Porsche, Mercedes and Audi are all working on vehicles that will meet or exceed the 300 mile range.
Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9 percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six month mark. An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January – enough to fill 382 school buses – and 2.2 million were seriously injured. The continued rise in fatalities is prompting the Council to predict the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008. NSC estimates 438 people will be killed during the three-day holiday weekend. So be careful out there.
Here’s the latest from Aston Martin, the Vanquish Zagato Volante, the convertible model of the earlier announced coupe. The drop top will be a very limited production model with just 99 produced. It carries a V12 with 592 horsepower and a 0-60 of 3.7 seconds. Interior features include herringbone carbon-fiber, anodized bronze detailing and the finest Bridge of Weir leather. Customer deliveries begin in 2017.
Like Corvettes? Well, that is a silly question! Then you want to be in Carlisle, Pa., Aug 25-28 where more than 5,000 Corvettes will be on display. All generations of the car will be represented at “Corvettes at Carlisle.”